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Neville: Why did Man City boss Guardiola play it safe?

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville expected more adventure from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in defeat at Liverpool.

Neville was counting on a selection gamble for the day.

He explained on his podcast, "They were in the corner, they were getting punched.

"Everyone thought Liverpool would win, everyone though this was the moment; City haven't got the defenders, Claudio Bravo in net.

"This is when the great teams somehow muster a performance, go in and turn it on its head. And I just had the feeling that Pep Guardiola would have been thinking about this game for the last two or three weeks.

"And I just felt Pep Guardiola would have something different for us, something unique. Something that we've come to expect from him over the last five, 10, 15 years.

"And I got what was normal, what I expected. The team the newspapers and us picked in the morning. Fernandinho and [John] Stones at centre-back.

"Manchester City played well in the game from a football point of view. But that back four and that goalkeeper were never going to be able to cope with this ground."

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